1057 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
27th Ward, Alderman Burnett
I was riding northbound in the Milwaukee Avenue bike lane and had just gone through the green at Noble Street when the driver of a black VW Beetle cut across my path and into the bike lane in an attempt to circumvent the stopped traffic (backed up from Ashland). I was able to swerve towards the curb to avoid collision. I yelled as I was maneuvering around the car to alert the driver to my presence.
Protected bike lanes and ticketing drivers who make dangerous maneuvers during rush hour.
Right hook (car turned right, across your path)
Roadway description: Sharrows (bicycle symbol with two chevrons)
Your story: I was travelling north in the [new] buffered bike lane on Clybourn approaching Ashland. The bike lane drops and all the cyclist is left with is a sharrow for a long stretch up to Ashland. It was a green light, I kept going north on Clybourn and a car flies over from the travel lane, around 45 mph, into the mixing zone to careen into a right turn north bound onto Ashland, missing me be mere feet.
Suggested improvements: Stripe the bike lane through the intersection. The new Clybourn buffered lanes are nice where there is an actual buffer. Otherwise sharrows and mixing zones are dangerous on a wide street like Clybourn. Best scenario is for actual protected bicycle lanes [currently banned on IDOT roads like Clybourn].